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Ok, so we have Mayor Bloomberg putting a cap on the size of large sugary drinks in an effort to fight obesity. So what? I must say, I don’t have a problem with that. Sure we can look at it a thousand different ways – but that’s only if you are determined to find a negative view. It’s so easy to be negative, isn’t it? It seems to me that it’s easier to be negative than it is to be positive; why is that? This world has become cranky, hostile, disrespectful and negative. Very sad. I think part of the problem is that the media is so one-sided and if they would only include more ‘good news’ every now and then – not just doom & gloom, then this negative mentality would turn around eventually. We may actually get happy again. There is a lot of good going on, we just don’t hear about it.
What is wrong with fighting obesity? To me this gesture by the Mayor shows concern for the people; could that be the problem so many have with it? After all, ‘concern’ is definitely a lacking quality these days. Maybe we’re not used to it. There are a number of laws being passed lately that do infringe on people’s rights and present a disrespect to many; however, trying to control obesity (to me anyway) simply does not fall into this category of infringement and disrespect. Personally, I’d put my anger towards not being allowed to say the Pledge of Allegiance in schools, or taking God out of everything they possibly can in this Country, and ditch the crying over limiting the purchase size of LARGE SUGARY DRINKS.
Coca-Cola is pushing back against Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s proposal to limit the size to 16 oz that can be sold of sugary drinks at city restaurants, theaters and street carts. In an article posted in USA Today, Coca-Cola’s president of sparkling beverages in North America, Katie Bayne, is quoted as saying “There is no scientific evidence that connects sugary beverages to obesity.”
STOP RIGHT THERE! Have you heard that saying “You had me at hello?” Well, I say “She lost me RIGHT THERE!” C’MON Katie, are you serious? There’s no evidence? Then why does COCA-COLA make sugar free diet drinks? Don’t even tell me for diabetics. I was once a member of weight watchers and I know they are a big support base of sugar-free drinks; so don’t even go there! You’re making money off of them by telling them they can lose and/or control their weight by drinking the diet sodas, and then you turn around and claim your product doesn’t add to obesity? HUH? What? Should I mention the fact that there’s more to soda pop than just sugar? What about the caffeine content? Caffeine and sugar – oh what a pair, guaranteed to make kids run wild! There are reports that even suggest eliminating caffeine, sugar and fast food from the diet of any child or adult with ADHD. They may not be the cause, but they certainly do worsen the symptoms. Soda and other sugary drinks can also cause tooth decay & gum rot. What’s the harm in cutting back on it?
I cannot tell you how many people I’ve heard testimonies from who have claimed that just by eliminating soft drinks from their diet have lost 20 to 30 lbs immediately. I’d say it has a lot to do with extra weight.
Katie also goes on to say that “singling out single brands or foods is not going to help the situation.” Katie, again…I beg to differ. It’s the brands or foods that need to be addressed! Hello, is anybody home? How about truthful labeling for one thing? For instance, how about slapping this verbiage on the label – “This is expensive sugar-water that is harmful to your health!?”
There should be no unhealthy foods or drinks in the first place. In fact, I must question…why do we have (or allow) them? They’re cheap to make and sold at high profit. Junk food is a billion $$ industry because of this. The purveyors of poor health do not care about the consumer, they care about one thing – $$ in their pockets. Believing everything we are told is much of the reason we are in this mess to begin with! Let’s start thinking for ourselves and get a grip on the obvious truth – we can figure it out on our own.
I like the fact that the Mayor is taking action on our behalf. I don’t look at it like he’s trying to control us – because first of all, he won’t and can’t. If anything, he’s raising awareness of this unhealthy situation called OBESITY and linking it to a huge cause. That’s all. No more, no less. I get that people make their own decisions – but that’s not the issue here. The issue is that we have a serious problem going on in the U.S. with obesity AND disease. There is absolutely nothing wrong with attempting to implement healthy change – a change that can make a positive difference in our life.
Not too long ago, I read an article that said there is going to be a limit soon with the buying and selling of natural herbal supplements. That’s right – all these wonderful natural herbs and other natural ingredients that we can now buy in whole food stores and herbal remedy shops will soon be controlled. We may be able to buy ‘watered-down’ versions, but to purchase them at full strength we will need to visit a doctor and get a prescription. I guess they (Whoever ‘they’ are… the FDA perhaps? The government? Pharmaceutical companies? They’re all in bed with one another anyway…so what’s the difference?) prefer we all get sick and rely on doctors & medication; instead of taking control of our own health by being proactive and taking natural supplements to prevent illness. NOW THAT’S CONTROL – control for the bad, not the good. See the difference? There’s no ‘concern’ for us in this gesture now is there? When this is accomplished, the only thing left for us to do to ensure our health will be to exercise and eat right – until they limit organic food, farmers’ markets’, whole foods, and so on! Oooh… such a scary thought!
The good news for all you soda pop lovers of NYC is that if you need a sugary drink, you can buy all you want from grocery stores, and if you’re out and about – just buy a smaller size and get free refills. One tiny gesture is not enough to really stop obesity, because there’s always a work-around. When people want something bad enough, they find a way. But my hat goes off to the Mayor in his small effort, yet BIG CONCERN for obesity.
All I would like to say to “Coke” is that you don’t need to take it personal and fight back, it’s not like you’re going to go out of business anytime soon – and most of all… please don’t reply with such absurdity as if we’re all a bunch of fools. THANK YOU!
ME-gan Love and health to you!